I was being asked to speak at a Gymanfa Ganu for a group of small village schools coming together from a widespread rural area for a singing festival in celebration of singing and of the Welsh language.
There are two main sorts of singing event in Wales. There is the eisteddfod, and the Gymanfa Ganu. The former is open warfare (it’s a competition). The latter is covert warfare (it is a singing festival – but pride is at stake!)
So there I was – due to speak to the gathered children, but WITHOUT any of the technology I would normally use to aid the greater concentration and achieve more effective communication to those with a limited interest and short attention span …
I was to be deprived of my
technological fig leaf in public.
It got worse.
Sometimes when I’m preparing to speak of preach or make a presentation of any sort, I have a stack of assorted ideas as to where I am going but nothing resembling a set of notes comes together before the event at all … and I know my Boss wants me to trust Him, and get up there and speak extempore.
You’ve guessed it.
This was one of those occasions.
So I did a meeting with Welsh Assembly Government in the morning … not an easy one … dealt with roadworks and traffic delays on the country roads (always much slower to clear in the back country) and arrived with five minutes to go to ‘kick off’ … to find there was nowhere to park and the small village streets were choked with buses and coaches.
The ancient village chapel, with its balconies and pews, was packed with a writhing, shuffling, chattering mass of humanity … and I had no laptop, no Powerpoint, no music videos and NO NOTES!
So what is faith?
Sometimes it seems to be a matter of living as if God is real and reliable when you really can’t see Him and you don’t have a fig leaf to cover your potential embarassment.
Sometimes it feels like freefall … but I’ve never had a splat landing …
And I’d say that’s because God IS real and reliable.
In front of a couple of hundred kids with a cap and some coins and a little message from Acts 3, He certainly didn’t let me down yesterday
I guess the bottom line is that when we trust Him and jump, then He is our fig leaf … and that’s a great truth to live with!